La PORTE – Ken Schreiber, the legendary former La Porte High School baseball head coach who guided the program to a record seven state championships, passed away on Friday. He was 83 years old.
He was surrounded by all of his family, including his wife, Judy Schreiber, and his five sons and one daughter, when he passed away.
He was in Hospice Care at Franciscan Health Michigan City, just down the street from Ames Field, where he starred as a football player for Michigan City Elston High School.
“He was an icon, he obviously started here in La Porte,” said former Slicers’ player and current La Porte High School baseball head coach Scott Upp. “But he was an icon to Indiana high school baseball. We’d go to national clinics and so on and so forth, and people knew who he was. He’s just an icon of a high school coach. Obviously, he meant a tremendous amount to our community, to our school, our school corporation, our baseball program, to me personally.”
In 38 years as head baseball coach at La Porte, Schreiber won 1,010 games and lost only 217. He finished his prestigious career in 1998 ranked No. 4 all time in baseball coaching victories, according to the NFHS National High School Sports Record Book.
In those 38 years, Schreiber’s teams won 25 conference crowns, and in the 31-year history of state championships in Indiana, his teams claimed 28 sectional titles, 18 regionals, and a record seven state championships. His 1987 squad was crowned National Champions.
“Schreib was way, way ahead of his time when it came to high school baseball in Indiana,” said former Slicers’ baseball player and current La Porte High School Athletic Director Ed Gilliland. “He worked at baseball long before other people did. And he set the bar that people are still trying to reach. He was just heads and tails above everybody else as far as making baseball important in the state of Indiana.”